By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline
Published: 13:03 GMT, 12 February 2019 | Updated: 13:03 GMT, 12 February 2019
A volleyball player says she had a secret relationship with Emiliano Sala and spoke to him just hours before the footballer died in a plane crash over the Channel.
Luiza Ungerer, 31, claims to have last seen the Cardiff City star on his birthday, one week before the tragic incident.
The Brazilian said that she met the 28-year-old while they were both playing for teams in France.
After hearing that the player's body had been recovered, she wrote online: 'I'm going to love you forever!'
The volleyball player (pictured, left, with Sala, and,